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USITC to Investigate Trade-Related Barriers that Affect Exports of U.S. Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises to the United Kingdom

August 31, 2018
News Release 18-105
Inv. No. 332-569
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC to Investigate Trade-Related Barriers that Affect Exports of U.S. Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises to the United Kingdom

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input for a new general factfinding investigation on trade-related barriers that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) perceive as disproportionately affecting U.S. SMEs exporting to the United Kingdom (UK), compared to larger U.S. exporters to the UK.

The investigation, U.S. SME Exports: Trade-Related Barriers Affecting Exports of U.S. Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises to the United Kingdom, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on August 3, 2018.

As requested, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will catalog trade-related barriers faced by U.S. SMEs exporting manufactured products, agricultural goods, and services to the UK. The report will:

  • focus primarily on barriers identified by U.S. SMEs that have experience in exporting to the UK, either directly or through supply chains;
  • identify barriers by economic sector or by special issue to the degree practicable; and
  • build on four previous SME studies that were released by the USITC in 2010 and 2014.

The USITC expects to submit its report to the USTR by July 31, 2019.

The USITC is seeking input for its new investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information contain specific trade-related barriers faced by U.S. SMEs exporting to the UK. The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation at 9:30 a.m. on February 26, 2019. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on February 11, 2019, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington D.C. 20436.

The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical data but no later than 5:15 p.m. on March 15, 2019. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.

Further information on the scope of this investigation and appropriate submissions appears in the USITC's notice of investigation, dated August 30, 2018.  The notice can be obtained from the USITC Internet site ( or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-2000.

USITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting report convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the USITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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